Eminem has put out a formal plea to Republican presidential hopeful Vivek Ramaswamy, encouraging him to abstain from using his musical creations in his political campaign. The growth was brought to light as BMI, a prominent performing rights organisation, made public a communication dated August 23. Eminem endorsed Joe Biden for President of the United States.
This revelation, initially registered by the Daily Mail, relayed that the renowned American rapper’s music would no longer be licensed for utilisation in Ramaswamy’s campaign, following the artist’s request.
The official letter, written by BMI, underscored the disapproval raised by Eminem, whose legal name is Marshall B. Mathers III, against the utilisation of his musical compositions, collectively known as the “Eminem Works”, in the context of Ramaswamy’s campaign. The letter says the company ‘received a communication from Eminem’ objecting to the Republican’s use of his “musical compositions”.
Eminem works by the Vivek 2024 campaign
“BMI will consider any performance of the Eminem works by the Vivek 2024 campaign from this date forward to be a material breach” of its licence, it adds.
The letter arrived more than a week after the biotech entrepreneur provided an impromptu performance of “Lose Yourself” at the Iowa State Fair.
Mr Ramaswamy is vying to unseat Donald Trump as the presumed 2024 Republican nominee.
Referring to an Eminem lyric, campaign spokeswoman Tricia McLaughlin said in a statement to US media: “Vivek just got on the stage and cut loose.”
“To the American people’s chagrin, we will have to leave the rapping to the real slim shady.”
Mr Ramaswamy posted on X, formally known as Twitter, to make light of the situation.” Will The REAL Slim Shady Please Stand Up? He didn’t just say what I think he did, did he?” he wrote.
The 38-year-old political newcomer is seen as a growing star in the campaign following an intense performance at last week’s Republican debate.
He has positioned himself as an outsider willing to develop former President Trump’s “America First” agenda.
Politicians being sent cease and desist letters over their campaign song selections has become something of a tradition in American politics.
Mr Trump received dozens of letters from record stars – including the Rolling Stones, Queen, Adele and Pharrell Williams – informing him he lacked consent to use their music at campaign and presidential events.
In 2008, the Foo Fighters spoke out against Republican John McCain for using their tune My Hero during his presidential run and Jackson Browne filed suit against the campaign to force it to quit using the song “Running on Empty”.
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